Virginia football shooting updates: Ex-player Chris Jones in custody for killings of three active players

Former Virginia football player Christopher Darnell Jones has been arrested by local police after being identified as the lone gunman who killed three members of the 2022 Cavaliers football team and wounded two others on his campus in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Sunday night. University of Virginia President Jim Ryan said football players Devin Chandler, LaVell Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry were all shot and killed.

Two other students were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds. Football player Mike Hollins has been moved to intensive care after undergoing two surgeries, his family confirmed Wednesday. Hollins was initially listed in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the back.

The other student injured in the shooting, Marley Morgan, is not a member of the football team and is in stable condition.

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Jones is charged with three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony, but the charges could be commuted. UVA Police Chief Tim Longo announced Jones’ arrest around 11 a.m. ET during a press conference Monday morning.

Jones, an active student at Virginia but no longer a member of the football team, is accused of shooting five people on a bus in the parking lot of the Culbreth Garage on the UVA Central Grounds around 10:16 p.m. Sunday. Ryan said the shooting happened after he went to see a play with his classmates in Washington, D.C.

“There are no words to describe the sadness and heartbreak our team is feeling today after the tragic events that took the lives of Lavelle, D’Sean, Devin and others last night,” coach Tony Elliott said. in the statement. “These were amazing young men with tremendous passion and extremely bright futures. Our hearts go out to their families, classmates, and friends. These precious young men were called too soon. We are all lucky to have them as part of our lives. They are our program. , who inspired and inspired us and worked incredibly hard as representatives of the university and community. Rest in peace guys.”

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The Virginia campus was locked down Monday morning and a shelter-in-place order was lifted after Jones canceled classes after a “thorough search” was completed. Charlottesville schools also canceled classes for more than 4,000 local students.

“This is an unimaginably sad day for our community,” Ryan said. “The entire university community is grieving this morning. My heart goes out to the victims and their families and everyone who knew and loved them. They are all in my prayers. When I look at my students, I see my own children. As a parent, it’s worse than losing a child.” know that we will do everything we can to honor their lives.

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Virginia’s final game of the season against Coastal Carolina, scheduled for Saturday, was canceled on Wednesday. No decision has been made on whether the Cavaliers will play their final game of the season on Nov. 26 at rival Virginia Tech.

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